Guide to the Papers of Benjamin F. Prescott, 1875 - 1900Manuscript MS-890

Biography

Benjamin Franklin Prescott (Feb. 26, 1833 - Feb. 21, 1894) was a New Hampshire lawyer, newspaper editor, and politician. He was educated at Pembroke Academy (1848-49), Phillips Exeter Academy (1850-52) and Dartmouth College(1853-56). He was admitted to the New Hampshire Bar in 1959, and during he Civil War served as the associate editor of the Indpendent Democrat. He became secretary for the Republican State Committee (1859-74), secretary for the New Hampshire college of Electors in six national elections (1860-80), special New England agent of the U.S. Treasury Department (1865-69), New Hampshire Secretary of State (1872-73, 1875-76, and Governor of New Hampshire (1877-78). He was elected Vice President of the New Hampshire Historical Society, made a fellow of the Royal Historic Society of London, and served as a trustee of Dartmouth College (1878). In retirement he was elected delegate-at-large to the Republican National Convention of 1880, and he was chairman of the New Hampshire delegation which nominated James. A Garfield for president. Prescott was also appointed to the State Board of Railroad commissioners (1887-93). Prescott was the author of two books: Portraits of Governors, Judges, senators and Other Public Men of New Hampshire (1874); and Stars and Stripes: the Flag of the United States of America: When, Where and By Whom Was It First Saluted? (1878).

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